William (Will) Michael Burke was born with a rare brain malformation called schizencephaly. His condition limits his gross motor skills significantly meaning he cannot move about by himself and needs several adaptive devices to maintain a high quality of life. Will is the namesake for the WillPower Foundation in so much as his spirit and ability to lead a fully abled life inspires our organization mission: to provide financial support to local families and individuals with disabilities in Western Massachusetts when private insurance or other institutions do not.
The WillPower Foundation exists to lend financial assistance to families and individuals with little to none of the bureaucracy normally associated with this process. Since its inception in 2008, the WillPower Foundation has granted over $35,000 to more than 40 families in Western Massachusetts to help them meet the varied needs of their family members.